The curtain falls on Dhaka Lit Fest
The three day Dhaka Literary Festival ended yesterday at Bangla Academy in the city. In the morning session of the last day of Dhaka Lit Fest 2017, titled "Women, Art and Politics", panelists explore the theme in their local and global contexts. Panel members are Esther Freud, Nandana Sen, Bigoa Chuol, Sadaf Saaz and Bee Rowlatt.
Sadaf Saaz is one of the directors of DLT (Dhaka Literary Festival). She is the author of a collection of poems Sari Reams, and her monologues based on women's stories Je Kotha Jai Na Bola, has been performed in various locations in Bangladesh. Her work has also appeared in various anthologies and international literary journals including Wasafiri, Weber and Bengal Lights.
In the morning session of the last day of DLT, titled "PEN: Measured Speech," panelists discussed threats to freedom of speech faced by journalists, particularly in the Indian Subcontinent.
Responding to a question on disappearances among journalists, panelist Jyoti Malhotra, an India-based journalist with over 30 years of experience said: "I came to this panel to actually ask the question, where is Dr Mubashar Hossain? He has been missing since early November and nobody knows where he is.
"In democracies like yours and mine, India and Bangladesh, where are these people who speak up and write about things the government doesn't like?"
Other members of the panel included former publisher and John Makinson, Andrew Feinstein, CR Abrar, Justin Rowlatt and Sudeep Chakravarti.
Under the title , "Dhaka University Looking Back" , academicians Firdous Azim, Fakrul Alam and Syed Manzoorul Islam briefly discussed on the university and its varied aspects. Shamsad Mortuza was the anchor of the discussion.
At the first day of the festival, Lawrence Osborne and Eleanor Chandler were attended one of the session and they discussed about Lawrence Osborne's book "Beautiful Animal". Osborne captures the sexed- up intensity and self-satisfaction with which young female friendships are sometimes suffused: What beautiful animals we are, Sam thought, beautiful as panthers. Eleanor Chandler said, "Osborne writes with weighty, aphoristic sentences, and is interested in superstition, and fate, and all things that are just beyond our control".
The last day event also featured cultural performances, interactive panel discussions, book launches and creative sessions for children.